Rain, wind, dangerous surf and beach erosion are all possible impacts of Sandy as the storm moves east of Florida.
Sandy is expected to pass more than a couple hundred miles to the east of Orlando Friday afternoon into early Saturday as a massive Category 1 hurricane.
Orlando will largely be spared the rain from the outer bands of Sandy with 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch forecast, so flooding should not be a major concern. Areas along the immediate central coastline, however, could receive up to an inch of rain.
Meanwhile, the southeastern coast of Florida will be slammed by torrential downpours, with as much as 2-4 inches of rain in Miami. Localized flooding will be a bigger concern there as a result.
Wind gusts up to 40 mph will fall just shy of tropical storm force along the central coast of Florida Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. In Orlando, gusts will reach 30-35 mph. Minimal damage is anticipated with this magnitude of wind.
Rough surf, numerous and strong rip currents and beach erosion are other concerns as Sandy moves east of the area. Waves as high as 8-10 feet will pound the coast Friday afternoon into Saturday.
For a larger version of the hurricane path, visit the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center.
Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.
Although spring may be in full swing, more than one-third of the Great Lakes remains covered in ice.
At least 13 are dead and three are still missing after an avalanche cascaded down a climbing route on Mount Everest early on Friday morning.
A potent area of low pressure moving into the West will dictate the weather from Washington to Texas heading into the new week.
Aside from Easter egg hunting, many nations across the globe will commemorate the holiday with their own customs.
Throughout the United States, the greatest potential for the weather to disrupt outdoor plans and festivities on Easter Sunday exists across the Plains.
Omaha, NE (1992)
Snowfall of 9.3" -- only the 6th time in 100 years that over 1.5" of snow has fallen after April 15th. Only 13.3 inches fell for the entire season before this storm. Other snow totals: Brownsville, NE 14.0" Blair, NE 12.5" Offutt AFB, NE 12.0" Eppley, NE 10.0" Kansas City, MO 2.7"
Sacramento, CA (1880)
7.24" of rain, heaviest in 24 hours.
Southeastern Ohio (1901)
Unusually heavy snow: Warren, OH, 35.5" of snow; Green Hill, OH, 28" fell in 36 hours.